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Her beauty saved her life... and condemned her. In 1942, Cilka Klein was sixteen-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Noticing her beautiful long hair, Commandment Schwarzhuber forced her to separate from the other women prisoners. Cilka was then charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to Vorkuta, a prison camp in Siberia. Once again, Cilka faced a familiar and horrifying battle for survival. Befriending a woman doctor, Cilka learnt to nurse the ill in the camp... eventually tending to a man named Alexandr. The story of Cilka's discovery that there is room in your heart for love, despite all unimaginable circumstances. A powerful testament to the triumph of human will, based on what is known of Cilka Klein's experiences. The sequel to the No.1 Bestseller - The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785769047• Author: Heather Morris• Publisher: Zaffre• Format: Hardback• Pages: 401• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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Delve into the first novel of Julia Quinn's world famous Bridgerton series, now a major Netflix show. This is the gripping story of Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke: welcome to the ballrooms of Regency London . . . Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke? -Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813 By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely - and almost-on-the-shelf - Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth - it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. Their ruse works like a charm - at first. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her. It wasn't the plan, but it seems she's falling for the duke, for real. And amidst the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London's elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule . . . 'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' – Booklist Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349429212 • Author: Julia Quinn • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm

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Delve into the fantasty fiction masterpiece that is The First Law Trilogy, now available in a stunning box set! From The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged to Last Argument of Kings, this is the  perfect gift for fans of a Game of Thrones and a must-have for fans of Joe Abercrombie! Included in this title: The Blade Itself Before They Are Hanged Last Argument of Kings Product Information: ISBN: 9781473213708 Author: Joe Abercrombie Publisher: Gollancz Format: Box Set Dimensions: 23.5 x 12.8 x 10.6cm

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The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins. In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz. Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old. While twins at Auschwitz were granted the 'privileges' of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele's sadistic medical experiments and were forced to fight daily for their own survival. In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913183578 • Author: Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Rojany Buccieri • Publisher: Monoray • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 2 cm

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Become acquainted with India Black, the Madam of Espionage, in this three-book collection of Victorian crime capers!  Written by Carol K. Carr, you'll be thoroughly entertained as you follow the amusing murder mysteries. The first self-titled novel to star India Black finds India keeping her tarts in line and avoiding the police, but when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies of a heart attack while visiting her brothel, the madam finds herself thrust into a deadly game of blackmail and deceit between British and Russian agents... Product Information: ISBN: 9781783297306 Author: Carol K. Carr Publisher: Moonraker Books Format: Book Collection Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 cm

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Delve in the absorbing reimagining of one of the most notable archaeological discoveries in Britain and recent Netflix original series, The Dig! Staging an evocative human drama of passion, rivalry and regret on the threshold of the Second World War, this is a brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James. It is a long hot summer in 1939 and Britain is preparing for war... On a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind however: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find... John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. 'A delicate evocation of a vanished era' - Sunday Times. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241989630 Author: John Preston Publisher: Penguin Format: Paperback Pages: 240 Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5cm

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What will you find from his story? Nuri is a beekeeper, his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781838770013• Author: Christy Lefter• Publisher: Manilla Press• Format: Paperback• Pages: 384• Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm

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Newly married to dashing RAF officer, Tom, Irene Farley leaves behind her safe countryside life to move in with his family by the docks in South Shields.  Little can prepare Irene for the Jerry bombers – or that she would be living under her mother-in-law's roof, alongside Tom's three brothers and two wives! Irene's only escape is her job at the local biscuit factory, packing up a little taste of home for the brave boys fighting across the channel. As the threat of war creeps ever closer to the Sixteen Streets, the biscuit factory girls bond together, because no one can get through this war alone... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409196464 • Author: Elsie Mason • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm

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London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, Bess is astonished to be told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl - and why. Less than a mile from Bess's lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade.  When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life.  But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart… Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838771409 • Author: Stacey Halls • Publisher: Manilla Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9

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In the midst of World War II, the members of one village fight harder than ever to help the war effort . . . but behind closed doors, each is fighting a more personal battle. Pat Simms is reeling from her own role in her abusive husband's death and Sarah Collingborne is struggling with the absence of her husband, who is stranded in a POW camp abroad. Meanwhile, Teresa Lucas is anxious about her future as a parent, and her friend Alison Scotlock is on the verge of starting a new relationship. And Miriam Brindsley's good luck might be about to change . . . Amidst the complexities of broken relationships, loss and friendship, this group of very different women must work together to find a way through. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785765674 • Author: S. Block • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.29 x cm

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Unexpectedly bequeathed some money, Tam Crawford decides to settle down in the village of Ellindale, Lancashire 1934. He knows he can be impulsive, but this time he is determined to rule by his head and big heart... However, after one day, he has taken on a fiancee and two children to keep them out of the poorhouse and now Tam and his new family realise tat his act of charity is the best thing that could have happened to them! Meanwhile, with local benefactor Finn Carlisle's attempts to help the unemployed, Tam's cousin-by-marriage Hilda Kerkham is struggling to even feed her son! Will the people of Ellindale come together to help one another in these hard times? Product Information: ISBN: 9781473673298 Author: Anna Jacobs Publisher: Hodder Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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Liverpool, 1945. Three women, firm friends, return home from war. Thrown together, they have shared all sorts of good and bad times. Now their old lives seem dull in comparison. But not for long... Maggie and Nell, who are both twenty-one, are full of hope and excitement. Iris, however, feels apprehensive about returning to civilian life. At the age of thirty, her only wish in life is to have a baby, but sadly, this wish has yet to come true. When one of the women falls pregnant, there begins a dramatic sequence of events so far-reaching that the three friends' lives will become more intricately interwoven than they could ever have imagined. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409197386 • Author: Maureen Lee • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm

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Manchester, 1922: Molly Watson has had enough. Engaged for the last three years to a penny-pinching pedant, she finally decides she'd rather be a surplus girl than marry a man she doesn't truly love. When she gets a job at St Anthony's Orphanage, she befriends caretaker Aaron Abrams. But a misunderstanding leaves them at loggerheads, and damages her in the eyes of the children she has come to care so deeply about. Can she recover her reputation, her livelihood, and her budding friendship, before it's too late? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786499691 • Author: Polly Heron • Publisher: Corvus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 cm

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World War Two is still raging across Europe. But for the Lavender Girls, the workers at the Yardley cosmetics factory in East London, there are even more challenges on the home front. Esther, newly married, is learning to juggle life as a working woman. Headstrong Patsy has a double life that takes her from the East End lipstick belt by day to the stage in the West End at night. And for bubbly Lou, a forbidden love forces her to choose between family loyalty and a chance at true happiness. One thing is certain: the Lavender Girls need one another more than ever if they are going to survive . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473698147 • Author: Kate Thompson • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm

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A girl called Rhonda has vanished from her boarding school. Maybe she ran away, but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearance of two other young women - those too thought not to be suspicious. Detective Edgar Stephens is under pressure to solve Rhonda's disappearance, but it is his wife Emma, herself a former detective now frustrated at being just a housewife, who concludes there might be a connection between the three cases. Edgar's friend, magician Max Mephisto, is reinventing himself as a movie star and trying not to envy his daughter Ruby's television fame. Little do either of them know how close they are to being drawn into the deadly web of abduction and murder about to trap them all. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786487360 • Author: Elly Griffiths • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3cm

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'Happiness had never been something she'd looked for. A quiet day with no insults or wallops, that was the best she could imagine.' London, 1920s. Kate Goss lives in a freezing cold garret, bullied by her aunt and cousins. She dreams of being rescued by her handsome father. No one knows where he is, or what he is doing, just that he is sure to come back a rich man. By the time Kate is seventeen, she has learnt to cope alone. When her aunt throws her out, she finds a job as a cleaner in the Bermondsey Bookshop and Reading Room. Here she will discover a world she never knew existed. But trouble is never far away and long-held secrets are about to burst into the open, ensnaring her in a web of lies and violence. Will she ever be able to escape? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788542654 • Author: Mary Gibson • Publisher: Head of Zeus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.79 cm

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One Special Village . . . can make the world a better place. Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, the doctors say she must move to the clean, fresh air of the countryside to have any hope of survival. When Harry chances upon a patch of land for sale in Ellindale, and an advert for a disused railway carriage, he snaps both up quickly. Harry swiftly becomes part of the community and soon finds himself attracted to Nina, another newcomer to the village. Finally, he's found somewhere he and Cathie can build a new home. But their problems are far from over. Harry’s old boss will stop at nothing to punish him for daring to leave. And Harry's already made an enemy in Ellindale - someone who could make his life very difficult indeed . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473630918 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.9 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm

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1931, Lancashire. When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay.  Just as he's ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him. This includes Heythorpe House in Ellindale just down the road from Leah Willcox and her little fizzy drink factory. Finn finds a village of people in dire need of jobs and Reggie, an eleven-year-old who's run away from the nearby orphanage and its brutal Director Buddle. When Finn sees the marks left by regular beatings, he decides Reggie will never go back there. But Buddle has other plans for the child, and will stop at nothing to get Reggie back in his cruel grasp... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473630871 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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Lancashire, 1930. Leah Turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister.  But Leah only has enough to keep their vicious rent collector at bay for a few weeks. Out of the blue Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal. His brother Jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job. The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn't please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister. But the two sisters soon find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473630802 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm

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